Connor McMichael

Washington Capitals

Fantasy Summary

An intelligent, all-around centre who broke out for 2019-2020 in such a way that he looks to be a top-line NHL talent. His shot and vision has hit another level since he was drafted.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 15, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 25

Observations

August 2020 – McMichael was invited to Capitals training camp and was part of the phase four roster brought to Toronto. If the Capitals need a scoring punch they should add McMichael to the line up. Reports have the Capitals preferring to put veteran centres in the line up with Backstrom currently hurt, with Travis Boyd and Brain Pinho slotted ahead. The Capitals are not a deep offensive team but have come at these playoffs (and current season) preferring two-way low scoring players as seen by the three to four year contracts handed out to perennial low scoring players. Hopefully, McMichael can get in a game or two on the wing as he has the skill to help the Capitals score goals. Pat Quinn

 

May 2020 – McMichael could possibly be a call up / black ace for the Capitals when the NHL season resumes for the possible 24-team playoff. If he can get in to a good spot in the line up he may never leave.  It does not sound like the Capitals are making room on the roster for 2020-2021 but a lot of moving parts are still in motion, and McMichael could possibly make the NHL in 2020-2021 with the cap likely staying flat. Pat Quinn

 

March 2020 – It really stinks that the CHL season was cut off as McMichael was having an astounding season and watching what he could do in the playoffs (and perhaps the Memorial Cup) would have been fantastic. He finished the London season with 52 games and in that he posted 47 goals and 55 assists, good for third in total OHL points and he was also third in shots. He is looking like top-line talent for the NHL but fantasy GMs should hope for second-line scoring and then take everything extra as gravy. Pat Quinn

 

January 2020 – McMichael has been placed all over Team Canada’s line up for the round robin portion of the World Juniors. In the first two games (With a healthy Lafreniere) he was on the fourth line and not getting much ice time. In the past two games with no Lafreniere, McMichael was promoted to the top six and top powerplay. Unfortunately in both scenarios he has only scored two goals, one on opening night and the other on the powerplay in the Czech team blow out. His ice time has clawed up each game but with Lafreniere coming back for the playoffs it is unknown where McMichael will slot. He should be scoring much more and being more noticeable on his shifts but he is not. It has not been a great tournament for McMichael from a “currently destroying the OHL” point of view, yet he can be slightly forgiven as Canada is deep and it appears as though coach Hunter (his OHL team coach) is trying to keep him fresh for when the tournament ends. Pat Quinn

 

December 2019 – McMichael was held without a point against the Peterborough Petes December 5, 2019. He is a bust now. Amazingly in that game he registered 13 of the 34 total London shots, only 40% of the teams shots. That game also ended his streak at 42 points in 17 games. McMichael was also named to the World Junior 2020 roster for team Canada as he looks to be a top nine forward for the team. Pat Quinn

 

November 2019 – McMichael has been one of the best OHL players and is exceeding his draft slot. He is currently tied for first in scoring with 46 points, but the caveat is that he has done that in 19 games opposed to 24 games by Arthur Kaliyev. He also has 20 goals as he is producing just over a goal per game. He has a streak dating back to October 18, 2019, of 32 points in 12 straight games, which was picked up after his beginning season streak of 14 points in six games. This kid has rocketed his way up the prospect charts, and is comfortably in the top two of Capitals prospects. Pat Quinn 

 

September 2019 – McMichael has been returned to the London Knights of the OHL with a week remaining in exhibition play. McMichael may have registered just one assist in two games but he played very well; earning praise from Capitals management and leading many to believe he would get a nine game trail if Eller was to be out for the start of the season. It was not meant to be and now McMichael will go back to the OHL in an offensive role for the Knights. Pat Quinn

 

July 2019 – McMichael is not the flashiest or highest skilled forward but he is a forward that gets the job done. His true potential was not able to shine through on a stacked London Knights team but he still posted great production (72 points in 67 games) in a limited role due to the amount of older players o the roster. He can shoot, score and play an excellent two-way game. The centre ice position on the Capitals is locked up for years so they have the ability to be patient with McMichael. Pat Quinn

 

June 2019 – McMichael has been drafted 25th overall by the Capitals.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2019 – McMichael played a sizable role on a good but not great London Knights squad this season. The pivot brings across-the-board skills without really excelling in any one skill. His 36 goals trailed only Arthur Kaliyev’s 51 for first-time draft-eligible skaters in the OHL. His 72 points ranked third. The all-around pivot is not the biggest or fastest player, but he’s effective at finding seams and distributing the puck. He owns a quick and accurate release and can finish at a high rate. He’s not afraid to work into the high-traffic areas. He projects to be a safe floor NHLer with some top-six upside. Cam Robinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Markham Waxers PW QC Int PW 2 0 2 2 0 |          
 2015-2016 Ajax/Pickering Raiders U15 AAA ETAHL U15 - - - - - |          
  Pro Hockey Selects U15 WSI U15 7 5 1 6 0 |          
 2016-2017 Ajax/Pickering Raiders U16 AAA ETAHL U16 34 35 27 62 28 | Playoffs 7 7 3 10 12 
  Ajax/Pickering Raiders U16 AAA OHL Cup 4 2 0 2 0 |          
  Team OMHA White OGC-16 5 2 1 3 0 |          
  Ajax/Pickering Raiders U18 AAA ETAHL U18 1 1 2 3 0 |          
  St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 32 5 5 10 10 |          
  Team Gold U17-Dev 3 0 1 1 12 |          
  London Knights OHL 28 3 3 6 4 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 1 3 4 0 |          
 2018-2019 London Knights OHL 67 36 36 72 19 | Playoffs 11 2 3 5
 2019-2020 London Knights OHL 52 47 55 102 26 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 2 0 2 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 5 2 7 0 |          

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